Marlow and Racism Analytical Essay by Heater

Marlow and Racism
An analysis of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" as a racist text.
# 61696 | 894 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 21, 2005 in English (Analysis) , Literature (European (other))

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This paper examines whether the character of Marlow from Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" can be considered racist and whether Conrad himself uses the book as a way of expressing his own feelings towards the Africans.

From the Paper:

"The Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe pointed out that "Heart of Darkness" was a racist text. He called Conrad a racist, and continued to say he wouldn't consider Conrad's novel a great piece of work. Achebe did mention the fact that there were two narrators, Marlow being the primary narrator, and his account is given to the reader through the filter of a second, "shadowy person" (838). After reading Achebe's article, it seemed as if Achebe was implying that Conrad used the second narrator to express his feelings about the African culture and his views on how they should be treated."

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